Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

fractures1Rheumatoid arthritis can be described as a chronic autoimmune disease “that affects 1.3 million Americans, the majority of whom are women.” If left untreated, the condition can lead to eventual disability of the joints. However, early diagnosis and proper treatment can help with prevention of symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when our body’s immune system begins attacking healthy tissue, particularly in the joints. This leads to stiffness, swelling, pain, and warm sensations in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect anyone of any age.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tips for Choosing Shoes for your Children

childrens feetAccording to the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry (ABMSP), parents shopping for their growing children should select footwear “that promotes health and wellness.” Plan ahead by discussing with your child what style and brand of shoes they would prefer. Comfortable shoes that fit should allow for ½ inch of space between the toes and the shoe. Avoid online shopping and make sure to have your children try the shoes on in person. See your child’s podiatrist to determine your child’s foot size and shape, and whether they may need foot support in their shoes.

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Hyperhidrosis a Condition of Excessive Sweating

foot pain4Hyperhidrosis, commonly known as the excessive sweating disorder, can occur “with or without the presence of an offensive odour.” The disorder can be caused by underlying conditions, so it’s best to consult a doctor to assess your condition. Sweating can also be induced by situational factors such as stress, as well as an improper diet.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis of the feet, contact Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Senquez Golson Has Surgery on Lisfranc

fractures1Senquez Golson of the Steelers had surgery on his Lisfranc and is out for presumably about four months. Golson had injured his foot during practice in early August, and had to be carted off of the field. His foot had swelled and it was determined that he would need surgery. Golson’s status was at the time unknown and it was suggested he may be out for the rest of the year.

If you require surgical consultation, contact Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

When is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases where less invasive procedures have been unsuccessful. Conditions that often require surgery are listed below:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions

- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues

- Reconstruction for injuries caused by accidents or malformations

Types of Surgeries

The type of surgery you receive depends on the nature of the problem. Possible surgeries include the following:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions

- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones

- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

Surgery can provide more complete pain relief than other options and may allow you to finally resume full activity. Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Toenail Fungus Can Lead to Other Problems if Left Untreated

broken toe2Toenail fungus not only becomes more common as we age, but it can lead to other potential foot problems. “People who have toenail fungus are more likely to get skin infections between their toes,” according to Dr. John Swartzberg, of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. Preventing toenail fungus involves proper foot hygiene and keeping the feet dry. Treating toenail fungus includes topical medication, prescribed drugs, and laser.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment,contact Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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